Good morning, good morning, I’m so happy I could sing. Yesterday, roughly three years after our first date, Jordan asked me to marry him! I still feel like my insides are doing cartwheels, I’ll probably skip to class today. I have SO much to say…I decided to combine our proposal story and all of the wedding planning details we’ve decided on so far into one giant wedding post. Grab a glass of wine or a latte and brace yourself, and if you don’t feel like reading all the nitty gritty details feel free to skip ahead to yesterday’s proposal story.
I knew I wanted to marry Jordan very early on in our relationship. Getting engaged wasn’t a complete surprise, but as you can tell from my greasy Sunday hair and grown out manicure the time and place were both a surprise to me. We are a bit non-traditional. I KNEW I wanted a Marrow Fine ring the moment I stumbled across Jillian’s instagram account. Jordan and I tried on Jillian’s gorgeous rings last February when she visited Seattle and we planned on getting engaged ever since. Since I am very particular when it comes to my personal style and an engagement ring is a big purchase we wanted it to be a joint decision. I could not be happier with the ring, I can’t stop staring at it and watching it glitter in the sunlight.
So why do we have a save the date ready the day after our proposal? When Jordan designed and ordered my engagement ring neither of us realized that a ring takes time to create. I guess we never really thought about it? We started talking about our dream wedding and knew we wanted to get married in Napa Valley during the summer. My Aunt Jenn, wedding planner extraordinaire, started looking into wedding venues and found out the venue we loved had a date open in August 2018. Jordan and I decided, since we knew we would be getting engaged soon anyways, we would snatch up the venue and get to planning. We booked our venue in mid-January and it took EVERYTHING in me not to shout it from the rooftops. Of course we told our parents and closest friends because we couldn’t contain our excitement. Then I spent the second half of January wedding planning in secret. While I wanted to skip around singing about my engagement Jordan and I decided to wait to “officially” announce until we could have our “official proposal”. We both still wanted that “down on one knee” moment though we already knew we would get married. However, I thought it would be beneficial to share our non-traditional order of operations so that other couples out there may feel like they have the freedom to do things however the heck they want to do things.
The Wedding Dress
I flew down to Los Angeles to visit my best friend Nicole for my birthday weekend the morning after we booked the venue. I was on a “we just picked our venue” high and Nicole sweetly indulged me in wedding talk all weekend. Nicole and I popped into a wedding dress shop while I was in Los Angeles and I found my dress! I just knew the gown was perfect because I did NOT want to take it off. Now, I normally wouldn’t recommend buying a dress without trying on a handful of designers and styles, but I worked in the bridal industry for a time so I have tried on hundreds of dresses over the past few years. I had a really good idea of the dress style I wanted and knew what I didn’t want as well. Nicole made me feel so special the entire appointment. We sipped prosecco and she snapped shots of me in all of the dresses I tried on. Now I am dying waiting to wear my dress on my wedding day.
Two weeks later my mom and I flew down to Calistoga to look at the venue and meet with the wedding coordinator. My Aunt, Dad and Mom all toured the venue with me and remembered to ask all the questions I was too giddy to recall. Everything about the garden winery felt perfect for the whimsical garden wedding Jordan and I dreamed about (okay maybe I was just dreaming about a whimsical garden but Jordan was on board too). Seeing the venue in person I confirmed that we made the right choice. Now we have less than six months until we say “I do” in beautiful Napa Valley.
The Proposal Story
Though Jordan and I already booked the wedding venue and I already ordered my dress, we were still waiting on the ring. I knew our proposal would be special no matter what, but as I knew it had to be coming in the near future I didn’t think Jordan would be able to surprise me all that much. Sunday morning Jordan and I slept in late and decided to head to Pike Place Market for brunch.
When Jordan and I first started dating, three years ago, we decided to skip the Super Bowl as neither of us are football fans and enjoy an array of fun sights and activities in Seattle that usually are crowded with tourists and long lines. The first time we rode the Seattle Great Wheel together Jordan and I hadn’t kissed for the first time yet (I wasn’t even 100% sure that he liked me liked me). When we reached to top of the ferris wheel he said to me “now would be a really great time to kiss you” but then didn’t kiss me until a couple of days later. We both laugh at the story now because I totally thought he would kiss me that day on the ferris wheel and it made me even more confused about whether or not he was interested in dating me! Every year since our initial ferris wheel date we have taken at least one ride on the Great Wheel, just the two of us, and shared a kiss at the top.
Fast forward three years later, once again on Super Bowl Sunday, Jordan and I ate brunch at Athena in Pike Place Market and he said we should recreate our date riding the ferris wheel. I thought it was so sweet that he wanted to relive one of the sweetest moments of our young relationship. As we boarded the ferris wheel I was so energized. I noticed all of the little details like the fact that we were put in car #23 and said to Jordan “this is a good omen because we met on the night of my 23rd birthday”. Still, I didn’t know he would propose because I expected the ring wouldn’t arrive for another week or two.
When we got to the top of the ride, Jordan turned to me with a huge grin on his face and said “this would be a great time to propose to you”. I barely batted an eye and said “yeah it would be but we don’t get the ring for another week”. Jordan smiled even bigger and repeated “this would be a great time to propose to you” and this time pulled out the ring box. I don’t remember exactly what I said but I half thought Jordan was fooling me. “Are you tricking me??” I asked in disbelief. I thought I would open the box and find a ring pop or something, but sure enough there was my beautiful diamond ring.
I was so shocked and elated that I couldn’t even remember which finger the ring was supposed to go on! Jordan and I kissed and of course I said “yes”! I am so happy Jordan decided to propose in a place that was so special and sentimental. We were both so hysterically excited after he proposed that we ended up telling a random stranger on the pier all about it. The stranger was sweet enough to act interested in our story and even snap a photo of us together. I put on my best hyper hamster face for the gleeful occasion. The morning started off rainy and gray but just after Jordan propose the clouds parted and the sun broke through, it felt like a Seattle winter miracle.
I know I’ve subtly referenced my engagement ring all throughout this post but I think it deserves its own subcategory. I knew roughly what my engagement ring would look like because I had a lot of input in designing it, but seeing it in person absolutely took my breath away. Jillian from Marrow Fine is a goddess! I love love love all of her work and knew I wanted her classic trillion ring with a bit of a twist (an oval diamond and rose gold setting made the ring feel even more “me”). I swear the sparkle and detail just aren’t captured in photos. I have already taken a thousand photos of the ring but none of them do it justice. I find myself looking down at my finger and smiling to myself…it doesn’t feel real!
We just might have the CRAZIEST engagement/wedding planning timeline in the history of humanity, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have loved every moment of the last couple of weeks and strangely, even enjoyed keeping wedding planning a secret for the first little bit. Now that our “secret” is out there it is like I’ve broken the flood gates. Now you’re going to have to stop me from being the annoying girl that talks about her wedding non-stop. I’ll try and keep the wedding talk on the blog isolated to once every week or so, with a quick six month engagement I’m hoping I won’t be able to drive you guys too crazy (: